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Ray Thomson "Pops" Crowley

Ray Thomson “Pops” Crowley of Basalt died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was 87.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Farnum Holt Funeral Chapel, 405 W. 7th St. in Glenwood Springs. Mr. Crowley’s family will receive friends immediately after the service at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Mr. Crowley was born Aug. 31, 1916, in Thomasville to Lula Thomson and Claude Hugh Crowley. He spent his childhood on a ranch in Thomasville and attended elementary school in Thomasville and Meredith. He moved to Glenwood Springs with his brother Jim to attend high school, graduating in 1934.



He married Margaret “Dutch” Aldred. After 49 years of marriage, she preceded him in death.

He later married Gervineer “Chic” Pickett.



Mr. Crowley worked as a lineman for Public Service Co. of Colorado for 35 years, retiring in 1981.

Hunting and fishing were his favorite activities, and he was a familiar sight transporting countless friends and relatives on mountain trails in his red Jeep.

His favorite days were spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who gave him the title of Honorary Mayor of Thomasville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by daughters Susan Kay and Virginia Pearl; by brothers Eugene “Bud” Crowley of Denver and Frank Crowley of Carbondale; by a grandson, Paul Woolsey; and by a son-in-law, Dennis Beitz of Topeka, Kan.

Mr. Crowley is survived by his wife, Gervineer “Chic” Crowley; by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Pat Crowley of Basalt; by daughters and son-in-law Wanda Beitz of Topeka, Kan., and Janet and Sam Kramer of Johnstown; by a brother, Jim Crowley of Rifle; by sisters Virginia Goode of Paonia and Margie Graham of Dayton, Ohio; by grandchildren and their families: Lynne and Marc Baker and Levi, Riggin and Cole of Lawrence, Kan., Steve and Diana Beitz and Kaya of Topeka, Kan., Bill and Kari Crowley and Jaime and A.J. of Basalt, Rhonda and Bucky Moser and Ellie and Maddie of Grand Junction, Suni Woolsey of San Diego, Calif., and Kristeen Woolsey of Sheridan, Wyo.; and by stepchildren and their spouses Lyle and Jacque Schoon of Basalt, Lonny Schoon of Basalt, Kim and Merri Schoon of New Castle, Don and Susan Schoon of Silt, Darla Ezel of Carbondale, and Sheri and Joe Allen of Nashville, Tenn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Recovery Center at Valley View Hospital, through a memorial account at Alpine Bank, 350 Highway 133, Carbondale, CO 81623.


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